Making The Most Of An Apprenticeship

A good work ethic coupled with the enthusiasm and ability to learn will always serve apprentices well

Knowing what kind of footwork you want to specialize in can take some time and effort, but it will help you focus on the types of skills you need and whom you should learn them from.

Making The Most Of An Apprenticeship

A good work ethic coupled with the enthusiasm and ability to learn will always serve apprentices well

In the March 2012 issue of American Farriers Journal, we looked at apprenticing and internships from the view of the mentoring farrier and business owner. This time we’re evaluating the pros and cons of building farrier skills and knowledge by learning from others as an apprentice or intern.

Are Apprenticeships Still Relevant Today?

The art and craft of horseshoeing used to be passed on from master to apprentice, but today there are schools, books, DVDs and other opportunities and tools available for learning. However, apprenticeships are still relevant for a wide assortment of reasons.

George Walker, the owner of Walker Farms in Beldenville, Wis., says his entire career has been based on a series of apprenticeships, which has allowed him to hone his craft and continue his education.

“Even if you go to a school, it’s very beneficial to do at least a short apprenticeship to not only experience shoeing, but to also learn more about the business and people skills,” he says. “I still struggle with some parts of my practice such as pricing, billing, advertising, taxes and inventory.”

There are also aspiring farriers who aren’t able to get…

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